Our Mission Statement
Our mission statement outlines the reason for our existence and the goal of our ministry. Green Street Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of all nations. We believe this is simply another way of stating the biblical mission of the church to advance the gospel to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21-23, Acts 1:8).
What is the gospel?
The word gospel means good news. The Bible teaches that the gospel is the good news about what God has done, in His unmerited grace, through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, to deliver rebellious and sinful people from His wrath and bring them into eternal life through faith alone in Christ alone. The gospel is not only the power of God to save us by grace—it is also the power of God to change us by grace. The entirety of the Christian life is centered around the gospel and its ongoing implications for our convictions, character, and conduct.
What is a disciple?
When a person trusts in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, they become a disciple. A disciple is a forgiven follower of Jesus who is growing to become like Him. In the Bible, the words disciple and Christian are synonymous—every Christian is a disciple. True disciples are marked by lives of abiding in Christ and his Word (John 8:31), loving one another as Jesus has loved them (John 13:34-35), and bearing much fruit to the glory of God (John 15:8).
How are disciples made?
God not only commissions us to make disciples but also tells us how this is to be done. The basic ingredients that go into making disciples are God's Spirit, God's Word, and God's People. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God, the gospel, through the ministry of the people of God, the church, over time to bring people to Jesus and grow to become like Him. Our aim is that this biblical process of prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, the centrality of God's Word, the ministry of all of God's people, and patience over time will characterize our ministry as a church and lead to more disciples being made, matured, and multiplied.
Our Mission Values
Dependent on the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the One who brings about spiritual life and growth through His grace. While we participate in the work of advancing the gospel by making disciples who also make disciples, the results are brought about by God. This means that our ministry as a church must be marked by humility, faith, and total dependence on the working of God's Spirit through prayer and personal evangelism.
Rooted in the Bible
We believe that the Word of God is the primary tool that the Holy Spirit uses to do the work of bringing people to become followers of Jesus and cause them to grow to become like Him. We base all of our ministry around the Bible as authoritative and sufficient. This means that we read and preach directly from the Bible every week, as well as seek to organize all our ministry around the Word of God.
Centered on the Gospel
We believe that the gospel is the power of God for salvation. We need the gospel just as much now as believers as we did before we knew Christ. This means we seek to center everything we believe and do around the Bible’s core message: the death and resurrection of Jesus and its implications for our lives. This means that we share Jesus with our neighbors and declare to them the power of His gospel.
Devoted to one Another
We believe that while being a follower of Jesus is always personal, it is never private. We have been brought into the family of God. Discipleship happens in the context of commitment to a local church, in which we can be devoted to one another in love. This means we encourage everyone in our congregation to be devoted to regular relationships with other Christians in which they can love, serve, encourage, instruct, and grow with one another.
Focused on the Mission
We believe that healthy disciples will make disciples. Every follower of Jesus is called by God to be a part of the Church’s mission of multiplying disciples. This means that our ministry efforts are aimed at equipping every Christian to share the gospel and live out its implications in our own lives, our homes, our congregation, our community, and around the world.
More About Us
Our statement of faith and core beliefs.
The importance of belonging to a church.